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Classic Couture Paris Wedding

Oh, Paris. You never disappoint. Fearless fashion, pristine architecture and infinite romance… a city made for weddings. And this one, seen through the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey? It’s everything Paris love should be, starting with that striking Paolo Corona dress. The Bride, prettied up by Sanni Sorma, was meant for this dress that sets the tone for the entire day. With Luxe Paris Events at the planning helm and Celebrant In Paris uniting these two love birds, it’s more pretty than you can dream up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jason asked me to marry him while we were enjoying a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Australia. As the sun was setting over a glass of champagne he gave me a beautiful diamond and proposed.

Jason and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, beautiful, sacred, and filled with love. We discovered Audrey’s photos (Le Secret d’Audrey) of Parisian elopements and not only did we love her photography but as soon as we saw a photo of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful private chapel in the 8th Arrondissement, we knew we wanted to be married there. We were looking for a special destination that signified our love and everything about Paris and the Chapelle was perfect.

Through Audrey’s website I found my Dress designer Paolo Corona. I saw a dress designed by Paolo that I loved…it was feminine, soft and sensual. I emailed Paolo in Paris and the process of creating my dress began. Every part of the creation process (via skype & email) and final fitting with Paolo (and Billy) in Paris was pure joy…I sparkled from the inside out when I put my Dress on. Seeing me in that dress didn’t only bring a tear to Jason’s eye when I walked down the aisle but to my beautiful father too.

Billy (Luxe Paris Events) found a lovely private room for our reception at the Saint James Paris and then all the final details for our day fell into place. We were fortunate to find wonderful people to contribute to every part of our day. It was very special to have our dear friend Isabella Baumeler, an Opera Singer from Switzerland, join us and sing a capella in the Chapelle…her voice is incredible and touched everyone’s heart.

Our day was a magical day filled with love and romance. From the start of our day to the end we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with so many touching moments.

I began my day meditating in the early hours of the morning…meditating on love, commitment, and the peace I felt as I was about to marry my soul mate. I never realized how much I would enjoy this day…every minute of it. The time before with my parents as we all got ready while Sanni was doing my hair and makeup, driving through the streets of Paris in our mint green Citroen, and then seeing Jason waiting for me as I walked down the aisle with my parents towards him, feeling the love we share between us and our beautiful connection, committing to our personally written vows, Isabella’s heart touching voice, the love of our loved ones…it was all so special.

Paris…the city, the Chapelle, the people…touched our hearts and we will forever remember our day of love in this romantic city.

Everyone who contributed to our day not only provided outstanding service but they all had an openness and gentleness about them. We were truly surrounded by love and provided with timeless memories to cherish.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Luxe Paris Events | Florist: Luxe Paris Events | Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Officiant: Celebrant In Paris | Car: Paris Authentic | Reception And Hotel: Saint James | Suit: Armani Collezioni | Video: Zen Film

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A Trip Through France on Film

I wish I could express how much I love Melanie Gabrielle for sending this gorgeous walk through France with us, but I’m just so awe-struck by each breathtaking image words have escaped me. As someone who would pack up and move to France at a moments notice, this gallery has given me serious motivation to make that move tomorrow, or at the very least, frame each of these stunning works of art for myself.

I love to travel. It’s a longing deep in my soul. and Europe has a special place in my heart since my family is from there; in fact, my mom still has family living throughout France. Normandy is one of my favorite places in France. It’s quiet, there are chateaus everywhere, and the people are some of the sweetest you’ll ever meet! The south of France is where my heart is though. The lavender, the olive trees, the stone buildings with beautiful blue shutters, the cobblestone streets… it’s heaven on earth.

Last may, I attended the Sylvie Gil Workshop in Normandy and decided to take my soon-to-be husband with me and do a little traveling before and after the workshop as a sort of “pre-honeymoon” trip since our wedding was only 6 weeks away! (ps. taking the train is THE way to travel around europe! It’s not too expensive, easy to navigate, and takes you almost anywhere you need to go!)

We started in the South of France, and had the most amazing time walking the streets of Grignan. We then made our way to Normandy where we visited Mont St. Michel (one of my favorite places on earth) and spent some time at Chateau le Val and Bruce Chateau for the workshop.

After the workshop was over we headed to Paris to spend the last few days exploring the city of love. We stayed at the Hotel Splendid and highly recommend it! It has the PERFECT view of the Eiffel Tower and it’s romantic twinkling lights. 

A few days in to our stay in Paris, we took a day trip to Strasbourg in Alsace, a little town on the border of Germany with a lot of German influence, to visit some family.

Our last night in Paris, we made reservations at 58 Tour Eiffel, one of the restaurants on top of the Eiffel Tower, had the most amazing meal, and watched the sun set over Paris. It was the most romantic night in the city of love, and I can’t wait to go back!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Bed And Breakfast In Grignan: Pour Les Vacances | Chateau: Chateau Le Val | Chateau: Bruce Chateau | Eiffel Tower Restaurant: 58 Tour Eiffel | Film Processing And Scanning: Richard Photo Lab | Hotel In Le Mont St Michel: Hotel Mercure | Hotel In Paris: Hotel Splendid | Workshop: Sylvie Gil Workshop

Romantic Summer Wedding in Provence

This wedding might be the best proof for why the south of France is holding steady at the top of my wanderlust list. Weddings Of Excellence In Provence created an escape for this couple and their guests, complete with a private villa and rosé wine for the whole wedding weekend. La Paire De Cerises was there to capture it all, and for the foreseeable future I can be found going through these photos on repeat.

From Weddings Of Excellence In Provence… This is why I like so much of my area, the real Provence, and my job. Our company had the luck to meet Julia and Gustavo, an amazing couple, so nice and so sweet, to reveal their love here in Provence in the area of Matisse and Picasso.

Through this, you will discover our area, with its fields of olive trees, lavender, the wonderful old stone villages and our specific light.
Thank you so much to this fantastic couple, whom we see the reflection of their love, surrounded by their families and friends.

From the Bride… When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted something different. Usually, in Brazil, people hold large wedding parties and we wanted to do something more personal with family and close friends. Gustavo and I lived for three years in Europe, where we had the opportunity to know different cultures, countries and specially to make very strong friendships. France was the country we fell in love. It was a spring weekend in Paris when Gustavo proposed to me, just before coming back to Brazil. Then we thought, why not do a destination wedding? Azure skies, lavender fields, medieval villages, vineyards and marvelous food? The place was chosen – Provence, the south of France.

From there, we started our search to discover who could help us in organizing it. Luckily, we found Stéphanie Fayolle, from Wedding of Excellence in Provence, WEP. We were able to travel to the region one year before the wedding and together with Stephanie we chose the house, tasted the food and selected some of the decoration and amenities. The meeting was wonderful, we loved the astral and professionalism of our wedding planner and she knew how to guide us to a place that was exactly what we thought. From that point, all the communication was by email or phone.

The location we choose was the Domaine Albert Gleizes in Saint Rémy de Provence, a beautiful four hectare park of landscaped grounds surrounds the house. The Domaine had a spacious house and a beautiful garden with some trees over 200 years old, and a nice swimming pool. The place also had a lot of culture, it was where the French painter and art author Albert Gleizes, who became known as the main representative of Cubism, used to live. The venue seemed perfect for our big day!

We decided to hold three days of festivities, so we would have plenty of activities for our guests who traveled so long. On the first day, in the morning we took everyone to for a wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape, a French town famous for its wonderful wines. In the afternoon we did a pool party at the Domaine for guests to interact and know each other. There was a Crepe truck serving delicious food and wines from the region. The day before the ceremony, we all went to visit two lovely villages: Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. The ride through the region allowed the guests to completely enter into Provençal climate. At night we had a Welcome Cocktail at the Domaine.

Finally the big day! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had our 80 guests welcomed by a violinist playing classical music. Following the ceremony we offered a cocktail with champagne and rose wine together with typical Provençal food. The music at this time was played by accordion. In the evening, the dinner, selected dishes from the region, was served in the garden just beside the Domaine. After all that, was the party, the band Selton (formed by Brazilians and well known throughout all Italia) played great musics and the dancing went all night long.

It was three magical days at Saint Remy de Provence!

Photography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hairdresser: Wedding Hair Provence | Make-up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Music Band: Selton From Milano | Private House In Provence: Bastide Albert Gleives

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